Erotic extracts from the Italian art scene
5th March – 30th April 2016
Opening on Saturday 5th March 19h30
with live performance by Marta Lodola
Saturno Buttó /// Valentina Brostean /// Michele Guidarini /// Luisa Catucci /// Darkam /// Turi Avola /// Laura Gianetti /// Italia Ruotolo /// Dayana Montesano /// Rosario Salerno /// Elena Monzo /// Danilo Pasquali /// Alessia Cocca /// Mariantonietta Bagliato /// Siliva Camagni /// Pinella Giuliano /// Dorothy Bhawl
«Eroticism is one of the bases of self-knowledge, as indispensable as the poetry.»
Anais Nin “Being a woman and Other Essays”, 1977
In ancient mythology Eroticism was personified by the God Eros (ἔρως, eros—”desire”), that falling in love and uniting with Psyche (ψυχή–“soul”) brought to life Voluptas (“pleasure” in latin).
It’s clear then that in order to bring us Pleasure the Eroticism must be united with the individual’s Soul.
As fruit of personal aesthetic judgment tied to sexual attraction, this quality has been giving infinite matter to artistic representations. Quoting the artist Marcel Duchamp “Eroticism its an animal thing that has many facets and is pleasing to use, as you would use a tube of paint.”
Since eroticism is as well dependent not just upon an individual’s sexual taste and sensibility, but also upon the culture, time and social environment in which an individual lives, we decided to show a raffinate selection of erotic artworks from the contemporary Italian art scene.
In the collective consciousness Italians are quite bond to seduction and passionate love, fortunately not only due to the sexist attitude of average latin lovers or the shameless misadventures of certain politicians. Mostly this reputation is based on cultural reasons: from the erotic frescos in Pompei to Boccaccio’s or Casanova’s writings, from Alfredo Piotto’s painting to Valentino’s haute couture, eroticism show to be inherent to the experience of Italian people.
Despite this for long time in Italy prevailed a moral for which the erotism, often confused with pornography , was considered scandalous (immoral, indecent, lascivious, obscene, nefarious!) and not suitable neither for the respectable salons, neither for the big audience. For quite a while the open appreciation of the erotic was relied only to some closed circles of the intellectual elite.
The run to sexual emancipation and equalization (hetero and homo) in the western society, achieved exponentially in the last decades, has allowed many artists, also from the Italian art scene, to express their eroticism in a more free and shameless way.
On top of this the society amplified its vision of what can be considered artwork, opening the door to quite a variety of genres and styles: from fantasy to dark art, from burlesque to manga, from fetish to queer, all quite niche arts, but with strong erotic elements.
In this exhibition we will present artworks from contemporary artists of the Italian scene, that equally reflect the oneiric, fantastic and bizarre spirit of Cell63 artplaform.
About Marta Lodola’s performance:
Durational performance site specifc Materials : red wool, daily use objects
The feminine body has always been the biggest proponent and inspiration for beauty and sin, fnding itself in the middle of the paradox generated by our intrinsic imperfection: the general parameters of the ideal body – imposed model of what sexual attractive should be – doesn’t correspond of what actually is in nature. A woman naked body is animalistic, sensual, powerful and it comes in all shapes and sizes.
In her performance Marta Lodola progressively wraps her own body with red wool and daily use objects, transforming it from its original identity and loading it with energetic power and mystical meaning. The color symbol of the paradox: red – sensuality and danger.
In geo chromotherapy the red color is known for its gynecological and sexual functions, and more generally it is known for its energetic and initiating virtues, stimulation of blood circulation, in religious rituals and functions it keeps bad energies away and of course it is the color symbolizing eros and passion. The red wool is a material that has strong connection with magic and the feminine reproductive system. With this action the red wool becomes like a second skin, an elevating bridge to a whole new level of presence and conscience.
You are invited to celebrate after the Opening at Insomnia Club, best erotic party location in Berlin.
GET YOUR FLYER PIMPED during our Vernissage and get a big discount for Insomnia’s event of the night “Fuck Saturday”. Dress-code: erotic – kinky – elegant
PHOTOS OF THE OPENING NIGHT by Giacomo Merchich